PhD, Michigan State University; MA, Michigan State University; BE, Chicago State University

Kerry and Linda Killinger Professor of Diversity Studies and Director of the Center for Multicultural Education, University of Washington, Seattle

Author of: Cultural Diversity and Education: Foundations, Curriculum and Teaching, 6th ed. (2015); An Introduction to Multicultural Education, 5th ed. (2014); Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education (2012); The Routledge International Companion to Multicultural Education (2009); Teaching Strategies for Ethnic Studies, 8th ed. (2008); Educating Citizens in a Multicultural Society, 2nd ed. (2007)

James A. Banks is Kerry and Linda Killinger Professor of Diversity Studies and Director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is a past president of both the American Educational Research Association and the National Council for the Social Studies. He was a Spencer Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford during the 2005–2006 academic year and is a current member of the National Academy of Education.

Professor Banks is a specialist in multicultural education and in social studies education and has written many articles, chapters, and books in these fields. In fall 2007, Banks was designated the Tisch Distinguished Visiting Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. He holds honorary doctorates from five colleges and universities and The UCLA Medal from the University of California, Los Angeles, which is the University's highest honor. In 2005, Professor Banks delivered the 29th Annual Faculty Lecture at the University of Washington, the highest honor given to a professor at the university.